Mats Hummels rejects talk of Borussia Dortmund exit
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
- Venue: Wembley
- Date: Saturday 25 May
- Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live text and BBC Radio 5 live commentary on BBC Sport website
Mats Hummels has insisted that Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich will not be his final game for Borussia Dortmund.
Hummels, 24, has earned a reputation as one of Europe's finest centre-backs since arriving at Dortmund in 2008.
This form has seen the Germany international linked with Barcelona.
Mats Hummels factfile
- Born: 16 December, 1988
- Club career: After making only one league appearance for boyhood club Bayern Munich, he has earned a reputation as one of Europe's finest centre-backs since initially joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in 2008
- International career: Played a key role in Germany's run to the semi-finals at Euro 2012
When asked whether the all-German decider at Wembley would be his last game for Borussia, he told Kicker magazine: "Of course not."
"I've not had any contact with Barcelona or any other club," he added. "I don't think it's my duty to dismiss rumours which other people invent.
"If there was to be any truth in them, I would say so. If I say there is nothing behind the speculation, then people should believe me."
The announcement from Hummels - who is expected to recover from a sprained ankle to feature this weekend - will be a boost to Borussia, who will lose playmaker Mario Gotze this summer after he agreed a 37 million euro (£31.5m) switch to Bayern.
Hummels played a pivotal role at the heart of the Borussia defence that won the Bundesliga title in 2010-11 and 2011-12, as well as helping them reach this season's Champions League showpiece thanks to a 4-3 aggregate last-four victory against Real Madrid.
He originally joined on loan from Bavarian giants Bayern five years ago, before agreeing a permanent switch in 2009.